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Workshop Development #102: Project planning on how to eat an elephant.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 04-21-2014 08:16 PM 718 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 101: Simple box joint jig for Ryobi BT3x00 and related saws, and my first box joint! Part 102 of Workshop Development series Part 103: Auto lifting safety, cheap cordless additions, and safety center updates. »

The blogger entry is here for those that want to see the graphics and the nitty gritty details… Plenty to be found there…

http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com/2014/04/project-planning-or-how-to-eat-elephant.html

Right now, being somewhat time constrained with other priorities, and as other projects are ongoing, I am squeezing in design time, and planning to complete what is left of my shop storage / organization tear as it were.

I am working on fine tuning the details, but I have the following projects to tackle before I can consider my shop “done enough” for now to keep me, and LOML happy for at least the next few years, and to complete the tasks I set out to do…

#1. Finish building and installing the drawers for the miter saw / mortiser stand / cabinet.

I am changing the design a little bit however, instead of 2 rows / 3 drawers, I am going 2 rows 2 drawers, I want deep drawers instead of more shallow drawers. Might regret this but can always build more drawer boxes if needed.

#2. Install blow in insulation in non powered wall, complete drywall repairs and paint.

#3. Sheet goods / cutoffs cart. LOML is getting somewhat insistent. I worked with a guy that had built one on another forum and came up with a workable design that requires 2 sheets of plywood and 4 casters.

I have updated the Sketchup model and cutlist to give a much more accurate cutlist than what I had previously put up.

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=u7bcebf6e-5281-4555-a33c-167bbd247334

The rest of the projects are ones I can take my time on. They are…

#1. Drill pres base cabinet. A removable cab that will ride on my mobile base to my drill press to hold my handheld drills, as well as bits, hole saws, jigs and misc drilling accessories.

I am trying to rethink how best to keep the drill press stable, and maximize storage. The design for this cart is likely to change, a LOT before ti gets build.

#2. Lathe base storage cabinet to house my turning tools, chucks etc… and to enclose at least 2, probably 3 80lb concrete bags in the very bottom for ballast. Design still in progress. Having some difficulty deciding on the drawer layout… Again not sure how best to approach this. I am thinking full out replacement bench / cabinet with ballast compartments below, and drawers in the middle. I have seen some where the lathe legs are mounted to a ballast platform, and a box of drawers is mounted to the lathe base. Still trying to decide.

#3. Table saw / Router mobile workstation. I would like to design and build this such that ALL of my table saw / router accessories, fences, jigs, bits, blades etc… store neatly inside, with an effective mobile base, and leveling feet. I have ideas, but need dimensions.

#4. HF DC “Side Flip Stand modification, with Thien Top Hat separator”. I suspect we’ve all seen them, and I want to build one. A stand to reorient my impeller housing to eliminate the connector hose between the impeller and the inlet ring that the bags go on, with the intake pointing straight down into a Thien separator, in this case I want to build a top hat style to go on top of my 31 gallon galvanized steel trash can. Once done, this will be moved off the stand, and on to the floor, giving me room for…

The side flip stand would look something like this Lumberjocks.com member’s project except the motor / impeller and ring would be mounted probably 6” higher up to allow for room for a Top Hat Thien separator… I may also change the impeller itself for a larger impeller. I have found a part # that allegedly interchanges, that should move much more air. It always bothered me by how small the stock HF impeller itself is… Oh, and I might just to be different, actually paint my dust collector cart… And possibly the ring, impeller housing, and motor mount… Be good practice with the HVLP gun…

#5. Above the DC / tool box storage cabinet. This will need to be VERY solidly built, and securely anchored. Remember my shop supports not just woodworking, but also auto repair and home repair. It will hold.
—5A. 8 gallon air compressor. Put this as close as possible to the manifold etc… My 8 gallon compressor is the older version of THIS MODEL with the only difference I can see are the handle, mine is molded plastic where this one is tubular steel, The foot arrangement, mine has one foot, this has two, probably better for stability, and the stickers on the tank… Oh and my compressor is rated .1CFM higher at both 90 and 40 PSI…
—5B. Floor jack and jack stands. The tiny, under capacity for my truck units are going to be cleaned up and sold, replaced with a Pittsburgh 4 ton floor jack. I am willing to pay more for a better quality jack that has the capacity to meet my needs, but I haven’t found one yet!
—5C. 6 ton jack stands. I have some old, orange steel jack stands, I think they are rated to 3 ton, but I am not willing to risk it. Probably sand them down, repaint them, and sell them.
—5D. Ball Joint Press and adapter cup set.
—5E. R134A Manifold Gauge set. Mostly because the friend I borrowed this from doesn’t seem to want it back. I don’t mind storing it, but Joel, if you see this, please don’t think I am not trying to return this to you! Again I don’t mind, I just would hate to have any misunderstanding with friends…
—5F. Pulley remover / installer set.
—5G. Radiator / cooling system pressure tester.

#6. Replace the simple shelves that are next to the tool stacker with a proper wall cabinet. I want the cabinet to house my spraying equipment, cleaning equipment, shop rags in a box, basically most of the stuff that is on those shelves, plus add more abrasive storage and keep it neat. I don’t have a design yet, but trust me, one is coming soon… I will need to insure that I have jig storage factored in there as well for the dovetail jigs, as well as for my box joint jigs.

#7. Design, build, and install some sort of means to store the remaining safety equipment, respirators, cartridges, nitrile gloves, hearing protectors, safety glasses etc.. on the man door where the fire extinguisher and first aid kit live now. #8. Not sure if I can get my lovely bride to agree to this, but I am considering painting the shop side of the man door bright red to indicate that is the emergency / safety center.

#8. Build a quick & simple rip fence micro adjuster for the table saw. I have plenty of the necessary hardware, and the design is forehead slapping simple, I just need to do it…

So as you see, I have a TON of work left to do to finish just the shop storage projects. I have plenty of projects to do for in, on, and around the house, cars, and my own happy self.. So we will see what gets done and when!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 04-22-2014 03:05 PM

You have your details down well. I too need a sheet goods cart, but it needs to be 18” wide instead of “24” to fit the space allotted. Hopefully will get some shop time over the next 6 days, need to complete the outfeed table/dust manager for the TS.

Minor plumbing issues around the house are just taking up too much time. Have a plumber coming to replace the pop off valve on the hot water heater. It started leaking, and by flushing it a number of times it finally stopped. But can’t have that happening when we are out of town, so will have the plumber replace it this week. In the past I would have done it, but it involves shutting down the water, draining pipes, etc. I just don’t have time for that.

Later….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#2 posted 04-22-2014 03:44 PM

I am already taking up more space with my existing lean against the wall and let it slide method of sheet goods storage, let alone the space taken up by the trash can cutoffs bin. This should, in theory actually save me space.

My design, long term is to allow me to wheel the table saw, bench, and sheet goods storage out of the way and get a car in the garage…

There is a method behind my madness.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 04-22-2014 05:42 PM

An 18” cart would take the same space that my wood is taking now. The storage space is in the garage along side the cars, so I have to stick to the 18”. We always garage our cars, and my shop isn’t in the garage proper. But I do store wood in the garage section.

I would like to have most things on wheels as well, for many reasons. That is even more important in La Conner.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#4 posted 04-22-2014 05:50 PM

In order for me to squeeze my truck in, I would have to tear down the existing garage, and have a new one built that is at least a foot taller door wise, 2 feet wider on each side so 4 feet wider overall, and about 4 feet deeper. When I had my standard cab regular bed Ranger, it fit, barely… With the nose of the truck 4” from the original workbench, I could barely squeeze behind the truck to close and lock the garage door.

My Saturn would fit no problems. But nothing bigger than say a Ford Fusion, if even something that big…

The garage is a feature if this house I have always hated.

If I was looking to buy a home now, or say a hurricane wiped this one to the foundation, I would have the garage done to fit a lifted F250 crew cab long bed on 35” tires with plenty of space to walk around in each bay. And have a second floor that was just shop space. So basically a 30×24 2 stories high. Oh and the rest of the house whatever… Let LOML worry about those details.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 04-23-2014 03:27 PM

My garage handles most cars and trucks, but to be honest, it would pushing things to have two vans, or for Sherie to have the largest Lexus SUV. She has a GX470 that is about 9 years old, and will soon be replaced. She likes to sit up high and have reasonable cargo space, so she is starting to look around.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#6 posted 04-23-2014 04:25 PM

Debi likes smaller vehicles. Right now we are plowing away debt as fast as we can, probably about 2.5 to 3 years more to go. Once that is done, God and a 13 year old Saturn willing we will be able to put off replacing that car until then. Obviously the market will be different by then, but as it sits now, we are going to plunk down some change for a good down on either a Mercedes Benz E-class. or a Lincoln MK-Z, Go with a lease return so that the cost isn’t too painful, both cars have some great selling points. Honestly the Benz will hold its value longer, but the upkeep costs on them are not fun… I have driven a rental MK-Z and am very impressed with it. It is about as large as I can squeeze into the garage too… But that is another story…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 04-24-2014 03:03 PM

The only small car I have right now is in La Conner, the 12 year old Subaru Outback with about 40,000 miles on it. We bought it from a friend who moved out of Alaska, and we shipped it down to La Conner. It drives like new, and looks sharp. We get unsolicited compliments on it because it looks better than any other Subaru that age, even though there are a lot of little, but not noticeable dings on it. Sherie has trouble finding a comfortable sitting position in it, which is unusual. I am usually the one will the finicky back. I like driving it because it is nimble. Sherie drives the Sienna on her miscellaneous shopping trips, so I end up with the Subaru to run my errands at times.

My 12 year old Odyssey will probably be replaced in the next few years as well.

Time to run off to work….......................

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Roger

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#8 posted 05-17-2014 10:54 AM

One step at a time. You’ll get it all together, and, you’ll be lovin it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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